Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 22, Camden, N.J. firefighters were dispatched to the 200 block of Morse Street, in the East Camden section of the city for a reported dwelling fire.
Fire radio was receiving numerous calls for an heavy involved dwelling. An additional engine company and battalion chief were added to the assignment.
The first firefighters reported that they had a heavy involved dwelling in the middle of the row of vacant and some occupied dwellings. All companies were going into service with their heaviest water lines. A second alarm was quickly sounded. Due to the first and second floors being unstable, an exterior attack was made.
Crews were able to open up the adjoining exposures, and stopped the spread of the fire to the rest of the row of dwellings.
Crews with Ladder Co. 1 and Co. 3 went into service with ladder pipes as firefighters used numerous 2 1/2 and 1 3/4 inch water lines to knock the fire down.
The fire was placed under control in 30 minutes as firefighters remained on the scene overhauling and assisting the fire marshal with the investigation.